BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA/CROATIA: HEAVY FIGHTING BETWEEN MOSLEM BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT ARMY AND BOSNIAN SERB FORCES AROUND...
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA/CROATIA: HEAVY FIGHTING BETWEEN MOSLEM BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT ARMY AND BOSNIAN SERB FORCES AROUND BIHAC
- Date: 20th November 1994
- Summary: VELIKA KLADUSA AND BALTNICA (NEAR ZENICA), BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA AND KNIN, CROATIA (NOVEMBER 20, 1994) (REUTERS TELEVISION - AVAILABLE ALL) VELIKA KLADUSA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 1. HAS,GV/PAN OF TOWN FOR SURROUNDING HEIGHTS/ VARIOUS OF TRACER FIRE HITTNG BUILDINGS AND SURROUNDING WOODS (3 SHOTS) 0.17 2. HAS,LV BUILDINGS TAKING DIRECT HITS/ SMOKE RISING (2 SHOTS) 0.27 3. HAS,SV DAMAGED HOUSES/ SOME BUILDINGS SMOULDERING 0.32 BALTNICA, NEAR ZENICA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 4. SV TRACKS BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS WALKING ALONG ROAD (2 SHOTS) 0.41 5. SLV SOLDIER RUNNING FOLLOWED BY TELEVISION CAMERMAN 0.52 6. SV SOLDIERS LOOKING DOWN TO TOWN IN VALEYY BELLOW 0.59 VELIKA KLADUSA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 7. HAS,SV/ZOOM OUT/HAS,GV DAMAGED HOUSE 1.04 8. SV REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIERS IN OBSERVATION POST ABOVE TOWN (2 SHOTS) 1.15 9. SV REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIERS FIRING HEAVY MACHINE GUN AT UNSEEN TARGETS 1.20 10. HAS,GV TOWN BELLOW IN VALLEY/ZOOM IN/HAS,SV BUILDINGS BEING SHELLED 1.27 KNIN, CROATIA 11. GV EXT.OF HOSPITAL IN SERB HELD KNIN 1.30 13. SV HOSPITAL MEDICAL STAFF TREATING WOUNDED MAN, ALLEGEDLYA REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIER (2 SHOTS) 1.47 14. SV/ZOOM-OUT/LV WOUNDED REBEL MOSLEM SOLDIERS IN BEDS. (3 SHOTS) 1.56 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: VELIKA KLADUSA AND BALTNICA (NEAR ZENICA), BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA/ KNIN, CROATIA
- Country: Croatia
- Duration: 00:01:56
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- Story Text: United Nations (U.N.) officials reported heavy fighting between the mainly Moslem Bosnian government army and Bosnian Serb forces around the Bosnian enclave of Bihac on Monday (November 21).
Bosnian Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic said Serb tanks were advancing on the town, and appealed to the U.N. to take "concrete action" against the onslaught.
The senior U.N. officer in the enclave said on Sunday that local people turned on his men in anger after a second Serb air raid on in defiance of a U.N. ban on aircraft.
The U.N. declared Bihac a "safe area" earlier this year, supposedly making it a refuge for the local civilian populations.
U.N. officials have so far resisted international pressure for a NATO punitive strike against Serb air bases in Croatia from which a series of raids have been carried out on the Moslem-held enclave.
The United States, France and Germany called for urgent action following the attacks.
In the north of the enclave, Moslem rebels allied with Serb forces battled government troops in Velika Kladusa in fierce fighting, a Reuters journalist reported. The Moslem rebels were hammering government positions from a hill commanding the town, as both sides traded machine-gun and artillery fire.
Wounded Rebel Moslem soldiers were reportedly getting treatment at a hospital in Knin, inside Serb held Croatia. Serb forces in neighbouring Croatia have backed up the Bosnian Serb assault on Bihac enclave with air power and artillery.
But while Bosnian government forces appeared to be on the defensive in the north of the country, they appeared to be having some successes in the south.
Near Zenica, government forces were reportedly taking up positions recently abandoned by the Serbs. Bosnian government forces were seen in the village of Baltnica on Sunday (November 20), securing positions and coming under sporadic Serbian sniper fire.
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